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Helicopter carrying relief materials crashed in Uttarkashi killing three crew members

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The cloud burst incidents over the 7 villages and the swelling of the Tons river have created havoc in the Uttarkashi region. The high-velocity gushing water has even uprooted trees, houses, roads and has swept up vehicles as well as people sleeping on the banks of the river. The excessive rains and floods have led to dangerous landslides and killed people who were pressed under the debris of their broken houses. The caving of roads has led to heavy vehicles like trucks falling in the gorges and killing its staff. The boulders falling due to landslides have smashed vehicles on the roadsides and has killed the drivers and the cleaners.
Yesterday the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat and two MPs Raj Lakshmi Shah from Tehri Garhwal and Ajay Bhatt from Nainital as well as Chakrata’s MLA Munna Singh Chouhan had visited the natural calamity hit villages of Uttarkashi. They had surveyed the areas and had interacted with the local populace.
The CM had assured the local populace of all possible monetary and other essential support. The chief minister had also done an aerial survey of all the villages and had immediately announced Rs 4 Lakhs financial compensation for the families of the deceased. He had assured the affected of free ration and medical treatment, as well as clothing to the calamity, affected villagers. He even directed the local administration to allocate agricultural lands, houses, vehicles, and even domestic animals for all those who had lost the same due to this calamity. The chief secretary and other senior officials and bureaucrats had been directed to help the calamity victims to the fullest.

Rescue and relief workers in Uttarkashi

Rescue and relief workers in Uttarkashi

Relief work in full swing in Uttarkashi

Today morning a helicopter ferrying relief materials to Uttarkashi’s cloud burst and flood-stricken areas crashed leading to the instant death of the three crew members which also included the pilot. The chopper with sufficient relief materials was heading for Moldi from Mosi on the Uttarkashi skies when this unfortunate incident took place. The reason behind the crash of the chopper has not yet been ascertained. There are possibilities of a technical snag or the accident could also be due to inclement weather.

The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed his extreme grief and has sent his condolences to the bereaved families. He has assured the families of all possible help and support.
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Sunil Negi hails from Uttarakhand and is a veteran journalist and author. He is a prolific writer and has carved a name for himself in the media world. He received the 'Golden Achiever Award' in the '90th AIAC Excellence Awards 2019' for his book ''Havoc in Heaven'' based on the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand in which thousands of people lost their lives. He is also the President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and majorly writes on Politics, Current Affairs, and Social Issues.



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Former editor of Hindi Blitz Dr. N. K. Nautiyal no more

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The doyen of Hindi journalism, a veteran writer and former editor of popular tabloid Hindi Blitz and Nutan Savera, Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal is no more. He took his last breath on 30th August at his Dehradun residence where he was convalescing from last few days.

Earlier, Dr. Nautiyal refused to be admitted in ICU and preferred a quiet death. Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal who was the former state minister of Uttarakhand had also served as the chairman of Badrinath Kedarnath Mandir Samittee. He was living in Mumbai, however originally hailed to Masaan village, Sithonsiun Patti of Pauri Garhwal district.

Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal with a modest village background had shifted to Mumbai to pursue his journalistic career. He worked in several other newspapers in Maharashtra and contributed hundreds of articles in national and regional dailies. However, it was a turning point for him when he joined the Hindi Blitz, Mumbai. He had also worked in Navbharat Saptahik Mumbai, Dainik Lokmanya Mumbai, Lokmat Nagpur, Delhi Press Sarita, and several other prestigious publications before joining Hindi Blitz. In association with a former journalist J. K. Karanjia at Hindi Blitz, Dr. Nautiyal, as an editor of the paper, had achieved a tremendous prestige and reputation. The newspaper was famous to highlight and expose various scoops during the emergency in 1977. After retiring from Blitz, he started his own publication Nutan Savera weekly and contributed a lot towards the promotion of Hindi literature.

Late Dr. N. K. Nautiyal in a jovial mood with his family in Mumbai

The people-friendly journalist was extremely close to the political stalwart and former Union minister and chief minister Dr. Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna. He played a vital role in the formation of Democratic Socialist Party at the national level under the leadership of late H.N. Bahuguna.

Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal was also a labor union leader who fought for the rights of the workers in his capacity as the president of the CPWD workers Union from 1954 to 1957. He was extremely active in several other movements including the ‘Separate Uttarakhand’ movement, Goa Liberation Movement and many journalists’ struggles.

Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal was honored with many prestigious awards such as Sangita Vachaspati Samman of Hindi Sahitya Sammelan of Prayag, Pandit Jhabarmal Smriti Award (Bhopal), Aashirvaad Samman (Mumbai), Hindi Patra Lekhak Sangh Puraskaar, Haneshmani Smriti Samman and many more.

He was a progressive orator, writer, social activist and a huge-hearted human being having a sound network of political connections at the national level including the leaders of all the political parties who respected him to the core.

Dr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal’s contribution to promoting Hindi literature at the pan India level is unforgettable. His demise is a huge setback to journalism and literature fraternity of the country and Uttarakhand. May the Almighty give peace to his pious soul.  Uttarakhand Journalists Forum pays its rich tributes to this towering journalist.

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First woman DGP of Uttarakhand Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya is no more

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Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed his grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the first woman Director General of Police of Uttarakhand and condoled her untimely death. Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya the second woman IPS after Kiran Bedi, currently, the Lt Governor of Puducherry met her last in Mumbai after suffering from a brief illness. She had retired from her service and was staying in Mumbai.

Kanchan Chowdhary’ s sister Kavita Choudhary had made a popular television serial on her life namely Udaan for Doordarshan several years ago which was quite a hit on the small screen. Originally hailing from Himachal Pradesh, Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya completed her graduation from Rajkiya Women College, Amritsar and thereafter pursued her post-graduation in English literature from Delhi University.

She joined the India Police Service in 1973 and was quite an ebullient officer. After serving in various important capacities she was elevated as the Director-General of Uttarakhand police in 2004, as the first woman DG of the hilly state after IPS Kiran Bedi who had been IG Prisons of Tihar Jail before retiring from her long challenging innings.

She retired from service as DGP Uttarakhand Police in October 2017 after rendering thirteen years of dedicated services as DG Police of Uttarakhand. During her long stint of more than a decade, Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya had made a good number of reforms in Uttarakhand police giving it the title of ‘Friendly Police’. It was because of her outstanding services as an exemplary officer of high decorum that she was bestowed with the coveted President’s Police Medal at Rashtrapati Bhawan in 1997.

Being a well-read and highly qualified officer she always had an urge to serve the poor, needy and the people of the lowest ebb of the society and was therefore impressed by the crusader against corruption Anna Hazare’ s movement. She, therefore, joined the Aam Aadmi Party of Arvind Kejriwal and contested the parliamentary election from Haridwar but lose.

An academician and an ebullient police officer of repute Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya breathed her last, last night in a Mumbai hospital after suffering from a brief illness. Though she has left for her heavenly abode, as an officer of high reputation and fighting spirit Kanchan would be a source of inspiration for the aspiring girls interested to become IPS officers in the near future. Our heartfelt condolences.

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Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha felicitated outstanding students

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal felicitated several outstanding and studious students of the tenth and twelfth standards from the various schools of the National Capital Region who had secured more than 90 percent marks in their final board examinations.

Delhi CM awarding exceptional students

About 142 meritorious students of the tenth board and 59 outstanding students of the twelfth board were felicitated by the chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal at a function held in Garhwal Bhawan, New Delhi. This was held under the auspices of the biggest social organization of Uttarakhand, primarily for Garhwalies, in the capital called Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha. GHS was formed in 1923 with meager means and resources.

Delhi CM awarding exceptional students

Amongst the first recipients of the meritorious trophies was Khushi Rawat of the tenth standard who’d exceptionally secured 99.4 percent marks and Dhruv Rawat of class 12th who had scored 98.2 percent marks. In all about 201 students who had secured more than 90 percent, marks were felicitated on this occasion. The outstanding children were presented Rs. 1100 each, a memento and a certificate of meritorious appreciation.

Delhi CM honoring exceptional students

In addition to these felicitations Dr. Priya Baluni was honored for successfully completing MBBS and Kumari Supriya Rawat, Kumari Megha, and Anirudh Rawat were awarded for winning the gold and silver medals in 64, 61 and 50 kilograms category in the state boxing championships of 2019.

Honoring the exceptional achievers

Apart from these achievers Dr V S Negi and Veer Singh Panwar were also felicitated for successfully winning the Executive Council Election in DUTA and as deputy chairman of East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

While the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was the chief guest on this occasion other special guests of honor were Districts Sessions Judge Prem Kumar Barthwal, educationist Dr. Jeet Ram Bhatt, Vipin Chandra, Joint Secretary Earth Science ministry, J Sundriyal, JT Secretary Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Arvind Kumar Nautiyal Jt Secretary Environment and Forest Ministry, Dr. P S Bhandari, HOD Burns and Plastic Surgery, Lt Genl Arvind Rawat (Retired ) Associate professor in Delhi University, Dr V S Negi and others.

The former additional commissioner of Delhi police Dinesh Bhatt was the special chief guest on this occasion. The Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha deserves high appreciation for honoring outstanding and meritorious students as this encourages and helps budding students to progress in life and in their professional careers.

The program was ably anchored by the general secretary of GHS Pawan Maithani. The credit for the success of this noble endeavour primarily goes to the GHS president M S Rana and his entire team of dedicated office bearers.

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Another chopper crash lands near Tikochi, Arakot, Uttarkashi

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Just three days, a chopper of a private company hired by the Uttarakhand government to supply emergency relief materials hit the apple trolley cable and crashed over Uttarkashi’s Arakot village area.

It finally exploded in which the pilot, co-pilot and a helper hailing from Uttarkashi were killed instantaneously. The badly burnt bodies were retrieved from a gorge after great difficulties by the SDRF team with the help of the locals and police.

These deceased crew members had already supplied food material and water packets to some of the villages near Arakot, Uttarkashi but were killed while heading for Moldi from Mori in Uttarkashi Garhwal. The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had expressed his grief and condolences to the bereaved families and had announced the financial compensation of Rs. 15 lakh to each of the bereaved families.

Another helicopter carrying relief materials for the natural calamity hit victims of Uttarkashi villages yesterday crash-landed near the Tikochi village. However, all the crew members including the pilot are safe, hale and hearty. The commanding dexterity of the pilot finally led to the safe landing of the chopper. It’s indeed the towering efforts of these courageous pilots who are supplying rations, clothing, water, and medicines to the calamity hit people of Uttarakhand despite inclement weather conditions. They deserve the fullest appreciation.

Meanwhile, the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was today directed by the DGCA Pradeep Singh to immediately implement the DGCA norms with regard to helicopter flying in the entire Uttarakhand to exercise checks on these fatal chopper accidents. Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat got the DGCA’s instructions after he had spoken to Pradeep Singh and acquainted him about the action taken in this regard.
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Harish Rawat to appear in Nainital High Court on 20th September in a sting case

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There are news reports pouring in that the case pertaining to the alleged bribing of Uttarakhand lawmakers by the former chief minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat in 2016, is to be heard by the Uttarakhand high court on 20th of September.

The Uttarakhand High Court in Nainital has fixed 20th September to decide the case finally for which the necessary evidence is reported to have been submitted in the Court. Former Uttarakhand CM Rawat had already appeared before the  CBI investigating officers twice and has pleaded not guilty. It may be recalled that in 2016 there had been an unprecedented drama over the continuance of Harish Rawat’s government when 11 Congress lawmakers had left the parent party to join the BJP. While Rawat’s government was in jeopardy in 2016, one of the journalists’ of Uttarakhand from Samachar Plus conducted a sting operation in which both of them were caught in camera talking about alleged bribing of MLAs.
However, now Rawat claims that it was just a conversation, and not a single MLA was paid any money. Rawat refuted the allegations and accused the Samachar Plus news channel’s proprietor who conducted the sting, of conspiratorially trying to trap him at the behest of the BJP. All the defected Congress MLAs had, later on, lost their Congressi memberships and had joined the BJP, many of whom are today minister in the BJP government of Uttarakhand.

However, unexpectedly Harish Rawat had won the trust vote and had continued his government for a few months till the state elections were finally held in 2017.

Due to the increasing media hype and public outrage, the then governor of Uttarakhand Dr K. K. Paul had ordered the CBI enquiry into the sting operation which was widely circulated by the electronic and print media. The sting video was widely circulated over WhatsApp and YouTube.
After this episode, the Congress-led by Harish Rawat badly lost at the hustings in 2017 conceding defeat to BJP which staged a historic win by securing 57 seats out of 70. A record of sorts in the last 19 years of the state gaining a separate identity.
Even the former CM Rawat had lost from both the assembly constituencies, he contested from.
While Harish Rawat was the CM he demanded SIT enquiry instead of CBI alleging that the premier investigating agency wanted to trap him at the direction of the centre but Rawat’s Bete Noire now minister in BJP government and also in the Congress cabinet earlier filed a petition in High Court of Uttarakhand to continue the CBI investigation as the charges against Harish Rawat were of grave and serious nature.
Political analysts in Uttarakhand predict that after the arrest of former finance minister P. Chidambaram who is currently in CBI’s custody till 26th August, maybe that another corrupt wicket of Congress falls. However, it all depends on the honourable court’s verdict on 20th September when the case comes for hearing in Nainital High Court.

Harish Rawat trying for an image makeover

However, despite the sword of the court looming over Rawat’s future, he is extremely active in Uttarakhand’s politics participating in protests marches in order to save him, active on twitter criticizing the ruling party every now and then for whatever possible in the state as well as at the centre and leading anti-drug campaigns in Uttarakhand hills these days to better his sulking image.
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CM Uttarakhand visits calamity hit Uttarkashi villages and declares immediate compensation

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The chief minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat had met the union home minister, Amit Shah and had acquainted him about the losses suffered by Uttarakhand due to the natural calamity during this monsoon.

He had also impressed upon him to support the state financially to cope up with the current situation. Mr. Rawat met the Home Minister on Monday at his North Block office and acquainted him about the deaths tolls in the Uttarakhand floods.

More than 50 persons are reported dead and the accompanying destruction had led to a loss of approx. 150 crore.  The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the Arakot area of Uttarakashi yesterday and met the distressed people of the disaster-affected villages.  The chief minister along with Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt and MLA Raj Laxmi Shah of Tehri Garhwal and Chakrata MLA Munna Singh Chouhan visited the calamity affected villages of Arakot, Makuri, Tokochi, Kiranu, Cheenva, Nalavat, Duchanu, Dagoli, Balnali, Gokul and Manada Gaon and personally met the affected. They also sought detailed information about their condition and assured them of government’s full support.

The chief minister and the MP, MLAs also had an ariel view of the calamity stricken areas and sought first-hand knowledge of the affected areas.  The CM immediately announced a financial compensation of Rs. 4 lakhs, to each of of the deceased’s bereaved families. He also assured them of an adequate supply of rations, eatables, clothing, and arrangement of shelters for those whose houses had been washed away or damaged due to heavy rains and landslides. He directed the Tehsildars and SDMs to also arrange for lands for those families whose houses and agricultural fields had been washed away in the cloud burst incidents, landslides and due to the over flooding of the Tons river.
The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the victims of this natural calamity would be fully taken care of and every initiative are taken to supply rations and medicines to the affected families. He also announced free treatment in hospitals, including medicines to all those families whose near and dear ones are being treated in these hospitals. The chief minister assured the calamity stricken people of the maximum possible help as per natural calamity relief funding official parameters. However, there are some conflicting reports that the victims of the natural calamity admitted in the Doon hospital are compelled to buy medicines from private chemists at exorbitant rates which is beyond the reach of these poor villagers.
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Martyred Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa cremated with full military honors

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The dead body of Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, the braveheart of the Indian Army, had been brought by air to the Jolly Grant Airport. The dead body was thereafter taken to his village Rajawala, in Siraspur district of Dehradun, Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He was martyred at the LOC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naoshera Sector in Rajouri.

Martyred Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa’s body arrives at his village

Hundreds of people from the nearby villages and Dehradun, Rishikesh reached his house. They paid their last respects to the martyred Sandeep Thapa. This was amidst raising of pro-Sandeep Thapa and anti-Pakistan slogans. ‘Sandeep Thapa Amar Rahe’ and ‘Pakistan Murdabad’ slogans rented the air for hours together when the 35-year-old martyr’s body, fully draped in tricolour and flowers were placed at his house in Rajawala, Siraspur, Dehradun. The nearby villagers had started thronging the martyr’s village right from the morning after they heard about the supreme sacrifice of Sandeep Thapa yesterday. The crowd today swelled in large numbers outside his house to pay their heartfelt tributes to this great son of the soil.

Military and state honors for martyred Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa

Prominent amongst those who laid wreaths at the body of the martyred soldier were the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat, his several cabinet colleagues, lawmakers of Uttarakhand and bureaucrats.

Martyred Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa cremated with full military honors

Lt Colonel Devinder Singh  Rana while lauding the sacrifice of the valiant soldier Sandeep Thapa said that he was a brave, highly motivated and a sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his dedication to duty and supreme sacrifice.  According to Lt., Colonel Devender Rana, Sandeep fell to the bullets of the Pakistani soldiers yesterday in the Naoshera sector of Rajouri district at LOC in Jammu and Kashmir. This was while bravely retaliating to Pak’s gunning of shells violating the ceasefire agreement.
He sacrificed himself while bravely guarding our frontier and countering enemy shellings. The Indian Army responded with double the force causing tremendous casualties on the Pakistani side. They destroyed several posts of the enemy country.
After paying his last respects to the martyred soldier the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat assured of all possible financial and other help to the bereaved family. He tweeted:’Sainyadham Uttarakhand ki gauravshali parampara ka nirvahan karte hue Naoshera  mein shaheed hue Sandeep Thapa ko Bhavpurn shradhanjali arpit kee. Hame apni senaon par purn vishwas hai ki Sandeep Thapa ka balidan vyarth nahi jayega. Thapa Parivar ke saath hum sabki gehri samvednayen hai. Sarkaar har samay unke saath khadi hai.’ (‘While obeying the healthy traditions of Sanya Dhaam, Uttarakhand, I paid my respectful tributes to the martyr of Naoshera, Sandeep Thapa. We are fully confident about our Army’s valour and strongly feel that the sacrifice of Sandeep Thapa will never go waste. We all convey our deepest sympathies to the Thapa family. The government is and will be always with the bereaved family.’)

Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa with wife Nisha

Martyred Sandeep Thapa was accorded the last adieu with full military and state honors with 21 gun salutes. The traumatic family were in tears and were shattered emotionally. Late Sandeep Thapa who served in Indian Army for 15 years is survived by his wife and a three-year-old son. Late Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa was married to Nisha in 2012 while he had joined the Indian Army in 2004. Sandeep’s whole family had been in the Army serving the nation with utmost dedication, valor, and patriotism.  While his 25-year brother, Naveen is in the Indian Army. His father, Bhagwan Singh Thapa, is a retired Hawaldar of Indian Army. His grandfather Lakshman Singh Thapa was Subedar in Army and his brother-in-law too is in the Indian Army. His father has said that he will now groom his grandson, Satvik, who is just three years, to join the Army.
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Many reportedly missing and several houses washed away in Uttarakhand floods

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Excessive and very heavy rains have caused havoc in the various parts of Uttarakhand. There have been dangerous incidents of cloud bursts too. This has killed several people and damaged houses.

The overflowing of Tons river in Uttarkashi town due to excessive rain and cloud burst incidents have claimed several lives. The water in uncontrollable quantity has washed away houses and people too. As per the latest reports, about 18 persons were reported missing after the deluge in the Tons river of Uttarkashi district on Sunday.
The Tons river was overflowing above the danger mark for the last several days due to over-accumulation of water as a result of heavy rains. The Tons river, last night and today breached the local market of Uttarkashi. This has compelled the state administration to issue an alert and direct residents to leave their houses. The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has personally intervened and held urgent meetings with top bureaucrats of the concerned departments to expedite relief and rescue operations.
Last week about 6 persons were reportedly killed in Chamoli district due to heavy landslides and cloud burst incidents. The Gangotri highway and even the Jwalpa Devi Marg in Pauri Garhwal district near Dugadda have been closed. The heavy JPC machines are busy clearing the landslide debris on snake-shaped roads. This has led to immense inconvenience to the pilgrims and tourists including the local residents.
The Kempty Mussourie Yamunotri Road had also been closed due to heavy landslides. The PWD employees were busy clearing hundreds of tons of silt by heavy JCB machines. This has led to myriad queues of the cars of tourists and the locals on both sides of the roads.
In Chamoli, due to excessive rainfall, the Badrinath National Highway, Lambagad to Pipalkoti was also blocked due to landslides. This has severely affected the transport movement.
Uttarkashi had been the worst victim after Chamoli this monsoon. Due to a cloud burst in Uttarkashi, on Saturday night in Arakot area of Mori subdivision Makuri, Tikochi, Araakot, and Maunda villages were the worst victims. The destruction here has been devastating.
According to the villagers, the rivulets of these remote villages were over flooded due to cloud bursts. This resulted in hundreds of thousands of tons of slit enter their villages along with floodwaters from the over gushing rivulets. As a result, in Makuri village a woman named Sarojini Devi wife of Upendra Singh was killed due to asphyxiation. This was after she was pressed over tons of silt of these over gushing rivulets. The house of Chattar Singh of this village also got damaged due to a landslide.
There had been heavy loss of properties too after this cloud burst incident that forced myriad Silt ( Malba) into their houses. In addition to these losses and casualties in Makuri village, a woman namely Mangla Devi of Dakhwaan village of Patti Gyarah gaon in Ghansyali, Tehri, Garhwal was also brutally killed after a huge tree fell over her. She was merely 40 years old.
The government has pressed the ITBP, SDRF and the SDRF teams into service. They are busy in relief and rescue operations in the affected areas. Over 9 districts of Uttarakhand have been alerted regarding heavy rainfalls in the next twenty-four hours. This is to help exercise safety and preventive measures. Schools in five districts including Uttarkashi have been officially declared closed,  for the next couple of days.
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Modi announces additional 2 lakh each for the deceased of Tehri van accident

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It may be recalled that just a few days ago a Max carrying 20 to 22 school going children driven by an untrained driver had fallen in a gorge killing 10 children and critically injuring 10 others.

There had been quite a sensation over this news throughout the state with transport minister Yashpal Arya suspending the RTO and few other subordinate officers for lapses in not checking the overloading of vehicles leading to fatal accidents. The state chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had arrived after six days at Pratap Nagar where he had faced protests from the children’s traumatic parents.

The people were demanding Rs. ten lakh for each dead child and 5 lakh each for those critically injured. The Chief Minister had to return after the protests. The chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat had confronted massive protests at Pratap Nagar Helipad where he had arrived to hand over the cheques of one lakh rupees to each of the deceased child’s family.
Thereafter, in about a day’s time, it was generous of the prime minister’s office (PMO) in New Delhi to further announce rupees two lakh financial assistance and Rs 50 thousand for each of the injured. It seems that the PM must have sensed the compulsions and financial constraints of Rawat and therefore must have made this announcement. Now the total financial compensation comes to Rs. thirty lakh for the ten deceased school-going children of St Angel’s School in Tehri Garhwal. The financial compensation amounts to Rs. five lakhs in all, for the ten injured.
The prime minister’s office had announced this financial compensation through a tweet. The Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Rawat responded by expressing his gratefulness to PM Modi through a tweet on his twitter handle. However, what makes the residents of Pratap Nagar and Madan Negi angry is the fact that the chief minister had announced Rs. 2 lakh each for the dead and Rs 50000 for the injured as compensation for the victims of Dhumakot bus accident only a few months back which falls under the jurisdiction of Pauri Garhwal district.  However, in this case of Tehri Garhwal children’s death, he announced just Rs. 1 lakh – half of the amount per death than what he paid for the Dhumakot bus accidental deaths.
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Murder in Kotdwar speaks of the deteriorating law and order situation

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The law and order situation is deteriorating day by day in Uttarakhand with incidents of brutal murders, rapes, and a crime against women on the rise. The state police as known as Mitr police undoubtedly try its best to control the rising crime but the situation seems to be going out of hand.

When Uttarakhand was part of undivided Uttar Pradesh it was really difficult to control crime in this hilly region as the liquor mafia allegedly had its say. Then the entire police and administrative set up was controlled from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and things were difficult to control but after the formation of the state in the year 2000 it was felt that the crime rate would now come down drastically and the people will heave a sigh of relief.

Unfortunately today Uttarakhand has allegedly become a safe haven for dreaded criminals of other states who seek peaceful clandestine hiding shelter. The state completely assures safety and security. This is undoubtedly a disturbing trend. Just a few days ago a five-year-old girl was obnoxiously raped and brutally murdered by a rapist mutilating her body badly into pieces.

Last year a 19-year-old girl was stalked and thereafter immolated in broad daylight in Pauri Garhwal followed by a number of incidents of rapes, women assaults, murders, and gangsterism. Just today a young man named Shekhar Dhaundiyal who had come to Kotdwara, under Pauri Garhwal district at the office of Shiva Cable from Dehradun was shot dead by three miscreants in broad daylight while he was busy telephoning someone from a private telephone booth.

While Shekhar Dhaundiyal was busy conversing on the telephone outside the Shiva Cable office three men came walking and killed him with a number of gunshots from point-blank range. On hearing the sound of repeated gunshots the staff and employees and the people from nearby came to his rescue but by then the killers had walked away.

Grievously injured and profusely bleeding Dhaundiyal was immediately ferried to the government hospital in Kotdwara but was declared brought dead after succumbing to the bullet injuries. Kotdwar is quite a busy area and absence of the police patrolling and policemen on duty in this busy market area allows the miscreants to conveniently commit this gruesome broad daylight murder. There was commotion all around.

This raises certain questions and also questions the credibility of the Uttarakhand police. People especially the women are worried about their own security.

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